Semitrucks are dangerous enough as it is, simply because of the size and weight of the vehicles. They're slow and lumbering and they crush everything in their paths, including most standard-size automobiles. To add to this risk, however, semitrucks sit high up off the road, so high up that the average vehicle will often get caught up underneath a semitruck in collision situations.
There are lots of rules in place that are designed to keep truck drivers from being overworked. However, they may not be as effective as they need to be. Some 40 percent of truck accidents are related to trucker fatigue.
American highways are getting safer -- at least when it comes to truck accidents.
The West Virginia State Police, Public Service Commission and West Virginia Parkways Authority issued a joint statement on Nov. 13. They announced that they're planning to step-up their patrols on the West Virginia Turnpike. Another full-time unit will be assigned to track down tractor-trailers with potential safety hazards and also operators engaging in questionable driving.
Large trucks, also known as 18-wheelers, are important for the economy of West Virginia. When you see these vehicles on the roads throughout the state, it is a sign that the economy is performing well. The more of these trucks you see on the roads, the more likely it is that you might be involved in an accident with one of them. Let's take a look at tips you should follow to drive safely near these large trucks.
You never want to be part of a truck accident, as this can cause serious injury, death and/or extensive damage to your vehicle.
When the cause of an injury crash is the driver of a commercial vehicle, the victims may be able to hold more than just the driver responsible for their injuries and damages. Take, for instance, this crash that occurred in Charleston, West Virginia, on April 13, at the I-77/I-64 split.
Even if you spend most your time driving in the city and/or on back roads, there will be times when you need to hit the highway.
It's easy to believe that a truck accident and car crash are one in the same. However, due to the weight and size differences, there's a good chance that a collision between a truck and smaller vehicle will result in injury, death and extensive property damage.
As you drive down the highway, you can't help but find yourself in close proximity to one truck after the next.